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Financing Asset Sales and Business Cycles

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  • Arnold, Marc
  • Hackbarth, Dirk
  • Puhan, Tatjana-Xenia

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This paper analyzes the decision of firms to sell assets to fund investments (financing asset sales). We document empirical patterns of financing asset sales that cannot be explained with traditional motives for selling assets, such as financial distress or financing constraints. Using a structural model, we show that financing asset sales attenuate the debt overhang problem, because they imply lower wealth transfers from equity to debt than identical but equity financed investments. This motive to reduce the wealth transfer problem can explain how financing asset sales empirically relate to firm characteristics, and to business cycles.

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  • Arnold, Marc & Hackbarth, Dirk & Puhan, Tatjana-Xenia, 2013. "Financing Asset Sales and Business Cycles," Working Papers on Finance 1320, University of St. Gallen, School of Finance.
  • Handle: RePEc:usg:sfwpfi:2013:20
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    Keywords

    Asset Sales; Wealth Transfer Problem; Leverage; Business Cycles; Real Options;
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    JEL classification:

    • D92 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation

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